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The Heritage of the D’Anjou Dynasty in Central Europe

The Institute for Slavonic Philology of the Jagiellonian University of Krakow,

the University of Zadar,

the Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow

are pleased to invite for the conference

The Heritage of the D’Anjou Dynasty in Central Europe


to be held at the Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow and the Jagiellonian University

in 19-20 October 2023


The conference aims to ask questions about the presence of the members of the d’Anjou house and heritage linked to it in the cultural landscape and cultural texts of Central and Eastern Europe – both in the past and today. Krakow and Zadar are taken, imaginatively, as the most Northern and most Southern sights of their dominium. There is a sign evidencing this unified space under the Angevins, namely the Chest of Saint Simeon in the Church of Saint Simeon in Zadar. There are a few images in this magnificent piece of art that attract attention. One of them is the representation of the arrival of King Louis the Great to Zadar from the D’Anjou house. On the other his wife Elisabeth of Bosnia – the daughter of the ban of Bosnia (member of the house of Kotromanić, Stephen II of Bosnia) and Elisabeth of Kuyavia (member of the house of Polish Piast dynasty).

She is accompanied by their three daughters, Catherine, Mery, and Hedwige. The latter will soon become the Queen of Poland, and with her marriage with the Grand Duke of Lithuania, the Jagiellonian dynasty was established, which will give rise, in the course of two centuries, to many monarchs not just for the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth but also the Kingdom of Bohemia and Kingdom of Hungary (and hence the Kingdom of Croatia). This detail on the chest in Zadar is a point of departure for a discussion on one of the following topics.

  1. Political aspects of the Angevins in Central Europe (dynastic bonds, state building policies, cultural expression in various texts);
  2. The heritage of Central European Culture under the members of the D’Anjou dynasty (Central-European cultural trends intertwining with the Mediterranean influence; artefacts, literature);
  3. The political and cultural elite of the time of the Angevins and their heirs – the Jagiellons (‘national’ and ‘international’ networks and ties, policies, overlapping between Poland, Bohemia, Hungary and Croatia/Dalmatia);
  4. The heritage of the Angevins today (memory codified in historiography, language, literature, arts, and urban space).


The conference accompanies the exhibition about the Jagiellonian dynasty organized by the Royal Wawel Castle. At the conference a wide public venue about the heritage of the Angevins will be held.

The language of the conference is English, but a limited number of panels will be held in Croatian and/or Polish. The presentation of the paper is 20 minutes.

This conference is funded by the program Excellence Initiative – Research University at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.


The Organizing Committee:

  • Professor Andrzej Betlej (Zamek Królewski na Wawelu)
  • Professor Maciej Czerwiński (Uniwersytet Jagielloński)
  • Professor Sanja Knežević (Sveučilište u Zadru)
  • Professor Zvjezdan Penezić (Sveučilište u Zadru)

The secretary:

  • Dr. Piotr Mirocha (Uniwersytet Jagielloński)
  • Dr. Ivan Magaš (Sveučilište u Zadru)

Scientific Committee:

  • Professor Mladen Ančić (Sveučilište u Zadru)
  • Professor Julia Burkhardt (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • Professor Bożena Czwojdrak (Uniwersytet Śląski)
  • Professor Nikola Jakšić (Sveučilište u Zadru)
  • Professor Andrzej Marzec (Uniwersytet Jagielloński)
  • Professor Divna Mrdeža-Antonina (Sveučilište u Zadru)
  • Dr. Antun Nekić (Sveučilište u Zadru)
  • Professor Stanisław Sroka (Uniwersytet Jagielloński)
  • Professor Katalin Szende (Central European University)
  • Professor Marek Walczak (Uniwersytet Jagielloński)

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Honorary Patronage:





Honorary Patronte of Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences





Honorary Patronte of the President of Krakow



Media Patronage:

Radio Kraków


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